|Team: Butler, Junior|
H: 6' 6"|
W: 235 lbs
(21 Years Old)
|Rank 28 in NCAA Juniors |
Rank 7 in Top Big East Prospects
High School: Ballard
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Corey Porter takes a closer look at Butler forward Kelan Martin's performance against Indiana.
The 6'6 junior had arguably his best game at the college level, finishing with a very strong 28 points, 4 rebounds and 5 turnovers in 35 minutes, shooting 9-16 from the field and 5-5 from the free throw line.
Martin is shooting 38% from beyond the arc on the season, on a much larger volume of attempts compared with his first two years at Butler, something that will be an important factor in his ability to carve out a niche at the NBA level.
This was a huge win for Butler over their in-state rivals, and the fact that Martin was able to step up and have perhaps the best performance of his college career against this type of competition certainly bodes well for his prospects.
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After a solid freshman season as an unheralded recruit from the state of Kentucky, Butler's Kelan Martin saw statistical improvements across the board in his sophomore season. This helped earn him an invite to the Adidas Nations summer camp, where he was able to test his skills against some of his peers and fared fairly well. He now returns to Butler ready to step into a leading role while trying to get the Bulldogs back to the NCAA Tournament for a third straight season.
The 6'6” forward may not have received serious NBA consideration several years ago, as he seems caught between positions, but with the evolution of the NBA game, Martin will certainly stay on the radars of scouts the rest of his collegiate career. He has a stocky frame at 6'6”, 235 pounds, and although he isn't impressively long or athletic, he uses his size and strength well to battle bigger players. This can allow him to play an undersized power forward as he has the potential to be the versatile, skilled big man that many NBA teams are looking for these days.